|Systems Of Knowledge|
What is Systems of Knowledge?
Systems of Knowledge (SOK) is an interdisciplinary two year course offered at Intermediate Level. It forms an integral part of the Matriculation Certificate Programme of studies and is compulsory for admittance into the University of Malta. As clearly stated in the syllabus it aims to:
The SOK syllabus is divided into four main modules:
Module 1: Democratic Values and Citizenship
Module 2: Aesthetic Values, Art and Culture
Module 3: Scientific Values and Technology
Module 4: Sustainable Development and the Environment
The complete Systems of Knowledge Syllabus can be downloaded here.
Systems of Knowledge is assessed through a 3 hour examination where the students are expected to write an essay either in English or in Maltese on each module covered during the course. Candidates must demonstrate that they have a comprehensive understanding of the themes as identified in each module.
Students are also required to present a Project Portfolio which involves a task with hands on experience and must reflect the knowledge, attitudes, values, and skills as identified in the course work. It must also illustrate the relationship of science and technology with the selected area.
The final Systems of Knowledge grade will be allocated in the following manner:
Written examination – 60%
Project Portfolio – 40%
Note that a pass in the 3 hour examination paper is required for the candidate to obtain an overall pass (grade A to grade E).
The SOK course at the Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School:
During the first year, three modules are covered, namely ‘Democratic Values and Citizenship’, ‘Aesthetic Values, Art and Culture’ and ‘Sustainable Development and the Environment’. During the second year, the module ‘Scientific Values and Technology is covered together with examination paper preparation.
The following are the names of SOK teachers with reference to the module they teach.
Main student textbook:
Louis Lagana’ and Louis J. Scerri (ed.), SOK: Systems of Knowledge – A Multidisciplinary Approach (Agenda 2006, Malta)
Additional reference material is given by teacher or is listed in the textbook.
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